The Detroit Lions announced Wednesday (Feb. 25) that running back Reggie Bush has been released after just two seasons.
The 29-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2013, worth a reported $16 million, and had a 1,000-yard rushing year in his first season with the team. But in 2014, he just couldn’t stay healthy, as he dealt with a lingering ankle injury throughout the season.
Bush played in 11 games last season, but recorded just 76 carries for 297 yards and two touchdowns, as well as 40 receptions for 253 yards.
Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told ESPN that Bush was “a warrior”, in reference to him playing through injury… but ultimately, they needed to save cap space for the upcoming season.
By releasing Bush, Detroit saves $1.7 million in cap room for 2015, which is needed if they are going to keep defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, long the franchise’s top priority in free agency.